Two Florida men accused of stealing about $80 million worth of prescription drugs in what's largely considered the largest theft in Connecticut history have pleaded guilty to felony charges.
Yosmany Nunez, Alexander Marquez, Rafael Lopez, Amed Villa and his brother Amaury Villa have been charged in the 2010 heist at the Eli Lilly Company warehouse in Enfield.
Nunez, 42, and Marquez, 41, pleaded guilty in court Wednesday. The Villa brothers have also pleaded guilty to the crime, federal prosecutors said.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the suspects brought a ladder to the warehouse the night of March 3, 2010, propped it up against the building, climbed onto the roof and cut a hole.
The men then dropped down into the warehouse and disabled the building's alarm. They loaded more than 40 pallets of prescription drugs – including thousands of boxes of Zyprexa, Cymbalta, Prozac, Gemzar and other pills worth tens of millions of dollars – into the back of a tractor-trailer, prosecutors said.
Authorities discovered the stolen drugs in a Florida storage facility more than a year later.
Enfield police chief Carl Sferrazza called the heist "the largest theft we've ever had, not only in Enfield, but probably the largest pharmaceutical theft the country has ever seen."
U.S. Attorney David Fein said Amed Villa left behind a water bottle that helped lead investigators to the suspects.
Nunez and Marquez, both Cuban citizens, were arrested on April 17 of this year. Prosecutors said Nunez is behind bars and Marquez has been released on $200,000 bond.
They'll be sentenced in February 2015 and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
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